Elementary Podcasts

Jamie's taken his exam and is waiting for the results. Adam and Jo talk about the meaning of different exam results in the UK.

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  • Exams or continuous assessment – which do you prefer?
  • Which do you think is better?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Andrew international,

One of the many meanings of 'to' is to indicate a destination. It is used with many verbs of movement, including 'fly'. 'for' can also be used to indicate a destination, though it's used with a smaller range of words. One of these is 'leave', so this sentence means she is going to France.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer continuous assesment. That is a process all the time seeing the student in your make and developed. so anything is wrong exist the opportunity making better in this exactly moment. Sorry for all because my Englis is not good. I hope that understand me.

not bad

Taking an exam doesn't matter at all for me because I'm old enough (58). My interest is on Conan! I am a Japanese and yet I didn't know the cartoon Conan comes from Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes! What a shame! Thank you for telling me that information. But the cartoon Conan is for children and too childish for me to watch, I'm afraid...

continuous assessment is used to decide whether or not children have attained their reading targets,i think this is the best way to find out your level .

I am prefer a continuous assessment than exam
on exam its not going very well for me even if i have the knowledge to take the test,
and does not show my real knowledge on the specific area.
i mean i do prefer grade for all what i have done on the year.

i have got it now , does not matter

what is the meaning of assessment
on the film ?

Hi. It's my first comment. i'm 59 years old and I'm not student . But I remenber when I was student, I prefered continuous assessments because it forces me to work more regularly and I felt readier for the final exam.
Thanks Marie

I think continuous assessment is better than big final exam because it can reduce stress and we do not have cram for it.